Body and Breath, Earth and Air: Meditation and Bodywork (2018)
Earth and air are such different elements energetically and materially that we might almost think of them as opposites. Yet their manifestation as body and breath is the most natural, intimate connection there is. We need them both to help us stay grounded and yet be as open and energetic as possible, and allow us to feel fully.
From the ground of earth, we will move and open the body with the breath to help fuller breathing and release tensions. Freeing the breath from any holding patterns will in turn give us more awareness and energy to experience the subtle and intimate connections between body & breath, earth and air that we take for granted most of the time.
With a background of Chinese 5 elements and Buddhist 6 elements models, there will be a mix of exercises drawn from Tibetan yogic practices, Chinese energy traditions, Feldenkrais and Dhammagita’s own ideas. All this will inspire, inform & enliven our sitting practices, and bring an an extra dimension to the Mindfulness of Breathing.
This is a weekend to give us a real felt sense of these elements: the grounding solidity, support and nourishment of earth in our bodies, and the unobstructed freedom, openness and spaciousness of air in our breath. Focussing our awareness in our physical experience and connecting with these different, interdependent aspects of our being, we can experience them working together in harmony and discover new depth & delight in both of them.
Dhammagita focuses on the development of awareness through the body. She has been teaching and leading retreats for 17 years. Her background: shiatsu practitioner and other bodywork trainings, art, drama and training in the USA with Reginald Ray. She loves helping people to open up and find insights and delights, is passionate about truth, teaches with humour and brings an eclectic mix of life experience and interests to her retreats.
Hridayagita is an advanced Tai Chi instructor registered with the Tai Chi Union of Great Britain. She uses her training and practice to encourage seamless shifts of posture: from standing and moving with gentle ease, to sitting, chanting, walking, eating. Our whole life can become meditation, imbuing our everyday experience with a sense of play, mindfulness and metta.
Led by Dhammagita with Hridayagita
Level: Triratna Regulars
Cost: £50 booking fee plus suggested donations (taken at the end of the retreat) £85 (unwaged/in receipt of benefits) or £140 (waged)
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|Retreat date||Friday, 21st September 2018 17:00|
|Retreat End Date||Sunday, 23rd September 2018 15:00|
|Spaces available||Spaces Available|
|Booking closes on||Wednesday, 19th September 2018|
|Booking fee (per person)||£50.00|
|Retreat Leader||Dhammagita with Hridayagita|
|Location||Taraloka Retreat Centre|